Your Next BIG Speech
Storytelling to a live audience is not easy.
To tell a story takes practice, discipline, and a keen eye for details. You need to remain agile and adaptive to your audience and their reactions. You can’t mindlessly trudge forward with your narrative if everyone has checked out. You will need an awareness score of 88 or above.
Also, you need to have a plan, but leave enough flexibility to allow for brief and potentially wild alterations.
Fear is your enemy. Chutzpah is your friend.
NO, it’s mine!
Kids don’t like to share.
Have you ever gave one kid something and not the other? Or tried to make yourself something to eat only to have them take it from you…lovingly, of course.
It’s really easy with children to make it all about them. There is an inherent selfishness in all of us. This is normal and okay and plays out early in peoples' lives before they have had manners instilled in them. It's all about self-preservation and personal satisfaction.
Luckily, this characteristic inherent in people is advantageous for you as a presenter.
If you make your talk accessible to your audience so that they can feel invested in it, you will have a more impactful presentation. Since people naturally want to make it about themselves, feed that need with your content. Think of universally understood anecdotes.
Find ways to tap into emotions and experiences that everyone has had, and then you can reach the whole room.
The Power of One
Good storytellers are the life of the party and can carry a group of spectators on an incredible journey. It doesn’t need to be a long or arduous expedition either, it only needs to be an interesting one.
How do you get there? Start at the beginning. Know your audience. Understand their interests and needs. From there you can find ways to reach them with your story. It will take some practice and a bit of trial and error before you truly can master the art of storytelling. But, boy oh boy, is it worth it if you can.
I cannot overemphasize the importance of finding effective ways to relate your material to your audience. And based on those that research this sort of thing, the most effective way to engage your audience is to make your message personal for them.
Make your talk something that each member of the audience can relate to. This is referred to as the power of one. The power of one is key when it comes to weaving a engaging narrative.
For example, let me know if this story sounds familiar. Some Navy pilot is shot down over enemy lines. News leaks about the pilot. A national story develops to save said pilot. During the rescue mission one of two Marine helicopters is shot down. However, the pilot is saved and returned as an American hero. We sort of glossed over something important, but it exemplifies the point I'm trying to make. There is a reason we don’t care as much about the ten marines who died in the helicopter crash trying to save that single downed pilot. That pilot had a name, a story, something people believed in. Hoped for. Cared about. The whole world was drawn to his story. His rescue and his life is what mattered. Everything and everyone else were just bit parts in the overall story.
That, of course, is dramatic or heart-wrenching example. I even think it was an episode of West Wing. Don't let that take away from the point I'm making. Aim for the individual not the group. Aim for the power of one.
I understand your story will be something entirely different. However, it is your job to make sure your narrative strong and relatable. You need to make it compelling. It has to be something people in the audience can get behind. It has to be something will care about.
Just like you know there are certain toys, games, or movies your kids care about. Know you audience and weave your story in a way that they will care.
Parenting & Public Speaking. Together
The behaviors, experiences, and techniques parents use everyday can improve YOUR NEXT BIG SPEECH. Whether it be using silly voices or just playing with the kids, these actions improve self-confidence, stage presence, and audience engagement. And that’s just the beginning…